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HHSInnovations Awards Public Voting

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Public Voting is Now Closed

Last year, 18,000 people voted in Round 5 to choose the HHSinnovates People’s Choice Award winner. And now, we are proud to announce that public voting for Round 6 is open.

Building on the Digital Government Strategy’s principle of doing “more with less,” the HHSinnovates program requires us to think beyond the specific office or agency applicants work in to solve existing departmental level problems. The HHSinnovates program seeks to share new and interesting solutions developed by HHS employees to some of the most complex issues facing the health care industry.

The most fascinating aspects of HHSinnovates are hearing the stories from the individuals who decided to experiment and innovate--learning about their motivation and how they went about creating their solutions.

Take, for example, the story of one finalist from the 2012 competition. One day, on a morning run, Gwen Shinko, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was thinking about how resources could be utilized more efficiently among the laboratories at NIAID. On her run, she had an idea: create an internal supply exchange that would facilitate the sharing of surplus equipment and supplies between laboratories. With her idea in mind, she rounded up an enthusiastic young scientist who had returned to school for an MBA and was looking for an interesting project, a developer, and a designer.

What resulted was called NIAID FreeStuff. Their idea not only resulted in economic savings and waste reduction, but is now being rolled out NIH-wide. In the first six months, the tool saved an estimated $30,000.

Interested in what inspired this year’s contestants? Visit the HHSinnovates Gallery to learn about their proposed solutions, including battling counterfeit drugs, combating obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, ensuring food safety, and better training our workforce.

From this fantastic pool of six finalists, only one will be chosen as the People’s Choice. Your vote can help choose the winner, so vote today!

Public voting begins today and runs through March 10, 2013. See two projects that are worthy of your vote? Feel like you just can’t decide which project is the best? Vote for both, or three, or five, if you think they’re all good. We just want you to let us know, by voting.

The winner will be announced at the HHSinnovates awards ceremony on March 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EST and will be telecast on HHS Live Streaming.

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